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Balfour's touch-me-not (Impatiens balfourii)

Balfour's touch-me-not Common Names: Poor man's orchid, Kashmir balsam

Description: Introduced as an ornamental.

Habit: Herbaceous annual, grows to 1 to 2.5 feet in height.

Leaves: Simple, ovate-oblong, acuminate leaf apex (long leaf tip) with serrated margins.

Stems: Erect, simple or branched, translucent, pale green and glabrous.

Flowers: Showy, distinct pinkish-purple flowers. Flower petals are fused to form hood and twin lips, and a large spur. 4-8 flowers occur individually on long, erect pedicles (stalks).

Fruit and seeds: Ovoid seed. Fruit is linear to subclavate, glabrous, loculicidal with the valves dehiscing elastically and coiling. Seed is 0.25 - 0.3 cm and fruit is 2 - 4 cm long.

Habitat: Native to Asia and the Himalayan region. Found in upland forests, wetlands, grasslands, marshes and stream edges.

Reproduction: Rapidly by seed.

Similar species: May be confused with other Impatiens species.

Monitoring and rapid response: Preventing plants from going to seed is important. Cut or mow plants while in flower, prior to seed maturation. Herbicides for control are being explored.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Q-bank Comprehensive databases on Quarantine plant pests and diseases.

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Common Name:

Balfour's touch-me-not

Scientific Name:

Impatiens balfourii







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